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veins. in less than two weeks, pope benedict will step down and there are speculations about who is going to replace him. >> so what are the chances of an american becoming the next pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted. he sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome,
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there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interests. >> reporter: o'malley is one of two american names being floated. the other, timmy dolan who scoffed at the idea. >> what about you? >> is this abc evening news or comedy central? >> reporter: and o'malley isn't holding his breath either. >> i haven't lost any sleep about it. and i have bought a round trip ticket. so i'm counting on coming home. >> reporter: in boston, it would be the religious equivalent of the red sox beating the yankees. >> we always liked boston over new york. >> it will be interesting to see how it plays out. >> reporter: both americans are long shots. popes tend to be from europe, especially italy. the last time a non-european
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pope was chose was 1,000 years before columbus set sail. >> i'm saying there's a chance. >> odds are not on our side. that's what i get from our report. they could go for somebody from the latin american population. they're trying to boost the catholic numbers there. a lot of ways they can go with this. no one really knows. it's just fun speculation at this point. >> as far as cardinal timothy dolan goes, he's sure his name is out of the running. not only did he say that to diane, he said the only people talk hum -- him potentially being the pope are people smoking marijuana. so there you have it. still to come, advice from some of the nation's most successful people. >> could their strategies help your family solve everyday problems? don't go away. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ be careful with your daughters, especially if they're hanging out with john mayer. parenting can be tough. >> but a new book is taking a different approach by asking successful people how to create a strong family. abc's juju chang checked it all out. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: think of it this way, you're not a family, you're a team trying to power up every single member. i'll tell you the lesson i learned with my three boys and a special-ops commando. >> get your legs straight. >> reporter: thanks to author bruce feiler, who asked high power sources to help fix the problems we all face in our modern families. >> i felt like as a parent, we were just stuck, we were lost.
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the shrinks, the self help gurus, those ideas were stale. >> reporter: you have to fight fair, and you can't have a team without a sense of mission. so hold family meetings and really listen. >> what didn't work so well our family this week? >> overreacting. >> reporter: and prepare to be surprised. what bothers families the most? how stressed out and tired today's parents are. in listening to my own children, i learned their favorite times were not action-packed ski weekends, but those quiet moments when we're just goofing around. and what about money? again, why not go to the top? feiler asked warren buffett's bankers about giving allowance. the number one thing they say, don't tie money to chores. chores are what we do to take care of each other, not to get paid. in fact, study after study shows all of us are more motivated by pulling for the team than by money.
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just ask the green berets. >> the team is only as fast as the slowest person. >> reporter: they say top down management doesn't produce as big a win as making everybody part of the plan. ready for this mission? that means the team leader, me, should listen to the rank and file. >> i think we should have the slowest person up front, and then the fastest person in the back. >> reporter: good idea. >> your son felt confident enough to say no, i want to do it a different way, and by the way, he had a good plan. >> if you can accomplish that kind of team work, you can do anything. >> reporter: now, that is mission accomplished. juju chang, abc news, new york. >> some good tips in there. but everyone does it differently. what works for you may not work for the dude next door. different strokes for different folks. >> that's for sure. you never know what's going to work and what's not going to work. >> that brings us to our facebook question of the day.
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>> we want to know what is the best parenting advice you have ever received? log on to our facebook page at wnnfans.com. please share it with us. >> what was the most common bit of advice people told you when you were pregnant about motherhood? >> that it wasn't going to be easy and i have to let my kid cry it out. >> that's tough to hear that sound. >> it's not going to happen, no, my poor baby. >> we'll be back with more after this. e back with more after this. my name is marjorie reyes, and i'm a chief warrant officer. i love the fact that quicken loans provides va loans. quicken loans understood the details
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of vehicle. >> what? >> it doesn't use coffee like what's in your cup, but the waste from production and these pellets are heated in a charcoal fire to break them down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen. any car can run on this gasification process. this guy has been working on this for a while. he says this is another alternative energy we could be using. >> we're always talking about getting away from our dependence on oil. but until they make these cars look like real cars and not these crazy factories on wheels, i'm not driving that. thank you. i've got to stop and put some coffee beans and get stuck on the side of the highway. no thanks. apparently, there was a gentleman who did a little research so that he could come up with the most expensive cup of coffee ever.
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of course it's at starbucks. this is video from his youtube channel. now, he went out and he got himself a 48 shot mocha drizzle protein powder, caramel brulee topping with strawberries and vanilla chips. it cost him $47.30. and by the way, because it was his birthday, he got it for free. so remember all i said, go get it for your birthday, because you'll kbet the -- get the most expensive cup of coffee for free. >> does anybody drink folgers anymore? can we keep it simple? apparently folks like meteors around the world. according to the online measurement company visible measures, the meteor videos have topped 138 million views, the
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fastest video event ever to reach 100 million views. crazy, the interest in what happened over in the skies over russia. >> that's incredible. we want to get to this. it's a new website called fake internet girlfriend. it goes on facebook and creates a new girlfriend that
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this morning on "world news now," a gas explosion and fast-moving flames race through a popular kansas city district full of shops and restaurants. >> what investigators are finding this morning after a fire that burned for hours. it's wednesday, february 20th. from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. we'll get to the kansas city fire investigation in just a
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moment in our top story. also this morning, the costly computer crimes costing the american economy hundreds of billions of dollars a year. the fingers are pointing at china, as the white house announces plans to fight the hackers. and this is crazy. why hand sanitizer is being singled out in a fire that severely burned an 11-year-old girl. wait until you hear how something so common turned into something so hazardous. you think you're doing the right thing, killing the germs, all the dirt in our workplace and homes and something like that happens. that story is crazy. >> and where it happened is also crazy. and later on, clyde davis, his tell-all book, his big secrets, and a singing star who has a few choice words for him. that's coming up in "the skinny." >> he's having a little battle
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with a well-known singer. "nightline" revealed an interesting tidbit from his personal life. >> we'll get to all of that. but first, crews are working through the overnight hours at the scene of that explosion and the fire in downtown kansas city. >> they brought in cadaver dogs just as a precaution, since the destruction was on a widespread scale. witnesses said there was a strong odor of gas right before the explosion. >> this was a happy hour at a restaurant. there were patrons in the restaurant. the investigation is ongoing, but it does seem like an accident. doesn't appear to be foul play at this time. >> the gas utility says there are early indications that a contractor was doing some underground work nearby and perhaps hit a natural gas line. the u.s. is reportedly poised to strike back as allegations surface about costly cyber attacks blamed on china. abc's brian ross investigates the latest security breaches that are hitting home. >> reporter: the chinese
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people's liberation army has more than 2 million personnel. but it's the thousand or so in this nondescript building in shanghai that may pose the biggest threat to the u.s. this is the headquarters of the army's secretive unit number 61398 where, according to the new report, english speaking computer experts spend their days stealing secrets from u.s. companies and hacking into government sites. >> this is an espionage operation targeting a broad swath of western organizations. >> reporter: among the most troubling targets, water treatment plants, transportation control centers, pipelines and power grids. >> the only reason you would want to get into the control system for the power grid is to cause damage, destruction and disruption. >> reporter: among the many corporate targets of the chinese hackers, lockheed martin, the country's largest defense contractor and the maker of the
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f-35 jet fighter. u.s. officials say not surprisingly, the chinese version of the plane has some distinct similarities. >> it's costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of u.s. jobs every year. >> reporter: the u.s. is believed to be doing its own cyber attacks on iran and its nuclear program. but u.s. officials say it's different than the economic espionage being carried out by china and now president obama has ordered u.s. intelligence agencies to help american companies spot and detect the hacking coming from that building in shanghai. brian ross, abc news, new york. and one day after targeting burger king, hackers have taken over the twitter account of another major company. pranksters broke into jeep's page and tweeted that they had been sold to cadillac. even the virtually virus free apple has fallen victim also. a small number of mac computers
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ats office -- at its offices were infected. this attack at apple's new york offices was similar to one acknowledged at facebook last week. >> the more computerized world we become, this is the aftermath. this is the dirty underside of it all. the white house is going to respond to some of this, but "the new york times" said obama administration officials are planning to tell china's new leaders that the volume and sophistication of the attacks have become so intense that they threaten the fundamental relationship between washington and beijing. that could be some interesting words. again, we owe china a lot of money, so how tough can you be to the country to which you owe billions and billions of dollars? >> and china is completely denying this. there was a bbc crew that set up shop outside of that building that brian ross showed you in shanghai. they were told to hit the road,
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and all of their recordings were confiscated. china is saying they have nothing to do with it. it's a little he said, he said here. >> a foreign minister said to make groundless accusations is neither responsible or professional. that's china's response. so maybe some tough months ahead in that realm. >> international relations for sure. a girl in oregon is recovering from burns after a fire her parents believe was started by hand sanitizer. the 11-year-old was a patient at a children's hospital in portland. her father believes the alcohol-based hand sanitizer was ignited by a spark of static electricity with his daughter playing with her bed sheets. >> i've never heard of anything like this, and hopefully never will again. >> she suffered third degree burns to nearly one-fifth of her entire body. surgery is set for tomorrow. icy roads are to blame for a
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multicar pileup north of wisconsin. 26 vehicles were involved along the busy highway. the road was closed while tow trucks cleared up the cars. and a winter storm as brought snow and this rare tornado to northern california. cameras were rolling when this twister touched down in a rural area north of sacramento. >> and with that, here's a look at your weather today. a rainy one in seattle and portland. california dries out after yesterday's storms. denver will get snow around dinnertime. houston and dallas with a few showers. >> arctic air grips the nation's midsection with temperatures up to 20 degrees colder than usual. chicago is 19 when the normal high this time of year is 30. phoenix and l.a. are also colder than usual. folks, the big stock show and rodeo in san diego has arrived -- in san antonio, texas, i'm sorry. we don't want to get those confused. >> a little different. >> it continues through sunday and that means there's still a
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couple of days left for the mutton busting. >> what was that? >> mutton busting. >> who needs all those massive bulls and wild horses when you can see little kids wearing helmets riding sheep. some, of course, have a bit more success than others. >> kids weighing less than 55 pounds can take part in mutton busting. and as one parent said, it's not whether you win or lose but how much fun you have. >> what is the link between this event and the term "mutton busting"? is that another name for a sheep, mutton? that is? mutton? okay, thank you. you knew that too, willis? >> willis is all-knowing. >> based on your extensive experience with sheep, i appreciate your knowledge there, willis. thank you nor chiming in.
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♪ you're way too beautiful, girl ♪ ♪ that's why it'll never work i will say it again, the real show happens during the commercial breaks. >> if you could be a fly on the wall in this room. >> we just had a moment. >> i'm still crying. call this beauty blasphemy. a victoria's secret model is stirring up some trouble by condemning the world's obsession with models. >> but she's not just another pretty face. abc's lara spencer explains. >> reporter: she has the face of a covergirl, and the good of an angel. to many, cameron russell is the
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ideal woman. but there's one person who is not particularly impressed. >> i am worried that i'm on a pedestal for looking this way. >> reporter: russell herself. >> i think part of the reason i'm a model is i won this genetic lottery. it's all about can you show up with a 23-inch waist and it doesn't matter if you work hard. >> reporter: the 25-year-old, sitting down to explain her beef with the fashion industry, and what she calls its unhealthy obsession with beauty. something she also made clear during a controversial speech at the technology, entertainment, design conference in washington, d.c. late last year. >> image is powerful. but also image is superficial. >> reporter: video of that speech has been viewed more than 1 million times online, and russell says she hopes her younger fans are listening. >> a lot of young girls come up to me and tell me they want to be models. you know, it's not like a real career path and it's not a great aspiration. you should be thinking about, i want to be an engineer. i want to be a politician. i want to be a ceo.
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>> reporter: but not everyone agrees that supermodels can't be role models, as well. take cat walk veteran cynthia bailey. >> it's just really individual. myself personally, i knew that i wanted to empower young girls and just pay it forward with the younger generation that's coming up. >> reporter: as for russell, she says she's grateful for all the opportunities modeling has afforded her, but she insists she would rather be a model citizen instead. >> i'm interested in campaign finance reform and climate change. there are many conversations we need to have more of. >> so beauty and brains. i mean -- >> yes, diane. i respect the fact that she is investing in a message and cause. that's interesting, at least. >> it is. i'm sure she's making all her bread and butter on those cat walks.
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>> most of them do, you know what i mean? >> listen, she's got a graduate degree, she's a really smart girl. and there's a lot of really smart models out there. cindy crawford was discovered at a mcdonald's. she's a beautiful woman, as well. so i just think they're upset about the fact that a lot of people view them as just a pretty face with no brains and they're only doing this for the money and it's so easy to get that money if you've won the genetic lottery. sthept -- they want the world to know there's more to them than just their looks. >> i judge her less how she got to the platform than what she's doing with it, and she's doing a lot with it. >> and that's wonderful. >> that's what i like those victoria's angels for, their minds. i'm always focused on their minds. >> especially when they're walking down the catwalk. >> always. coming up, the singer who refuses to be bullied by clyde davis. >> and an unusual performance by a tough guy actor, coming up
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> yes, it is. >> i'm going to miss that, willis. clyde davis in the news this week on two fronts. first, an issue with kelly clarkson.
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he has a new memoir detailing his decades in the business. certainly is a mogul and has built many, many a career. so in his new book, he recalls a meeting with kelly that says "it was a very tough conversation and it didn't get any easier when kelly burst into sobbing when discussing the inclusion of that song "since you've been gone" on her second album. she fires back and says, i couldn't be more proud of that song. i resent him dampening that song in any way. i refuse to be bullied and i have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation. it feels like a violation. so they tell very different sides of the story in terms of what went down. apparently no love loss. and he gave an interview on "nightline" earlier this week and admitted for the first time ever that he's bisexual, says he's been in a strong monogamous relationship with a man for the past seven years. before that, it was with a doctor for 14 years, but says i
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still am attracted to women. therefore, he calls himself bisexual. so clyde just putting all kinds of stuff out there about his personal life. mr. davis at 80 years old, i think he is. >> okay. >> check out that memoir. here's something that's really sweet and adorable. vin diesel, for valentine's day didn't do the chocolates and flowers. instead he wept -- went a different route. he covered a rihanna song. take a listen. ♪ makes me feel like i can't live without you ♪ >> really sweet. he's got a really good voice. the way this worked out is he was inspired to do this after seeing rihanna performed and he obtained a mike and amp and he did this on a flight for his
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girlfriend and of course, he says the rest is history. so just a beautiful moment. if you hear the whole thing, it's really sweet. >> very, very cool. >> nice. so here's something else. tupa c's mom, you all remember tupac, he's been dead since 1996. is saying she will release his entire body of work. by the way, since he's been dead, he's released seven albums, not seven songs, seven entire albums. what, 13, 14 songs per. three of them made it to number one on the billboard 100. and of course, if you remember last year, tupac's fans saw a hologram of him, which was really great at the coachella music and arts festival. twitter went ablaze. there he was. it was very cool. he performed with snoop dog. but since then, the hologram company has gone bankrupt. so tupac is alive and well and
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♪ all the little birds on jay bird street love the way the birds go tweet, tweet, tweet ♪ >> feels good to hear that and say this. in just a few hours, robin roberts will be back on the anchor desk. >> no one is more happy to hear it than us and her colleagues at "gma." they sat down with robin for brunch to see how she's feeling. >> i remember when the doctor first told me, you're going to be out five to six months, i was screaming. you know, you have to do what you need to do. it just shows people that time passes, this too shall pass. it's about i have visualized this moment. i did visualize the other end of it. >> did you use visualization? >> big time. it's something like this, looking into sam's blue eyes. i love how we're sitting, how we would be sitting. i know when i sit back down
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right in this chair and i look over and i see you and i see you and i see you, it's going to be all is right in the world. and it's going to seem like no time has passed at all. >> are there nerves? >> oh, yeah. it feels great to feel the nerves again. i haven't done live television since the end of august. so i'm a little bit nervous, because you all -- you've got my back, but that's what i'm not nervous about. i know i can look at you and give you this -- >> and start talking. >> exactly. and you have it. but it's just that you all have -- boy, you've raised the bar. >> let's raise the glass to our dear friend. welcome home. >> welcome back. >> thank you. >> so good. >> onward. onward and upward. >> i like that. that is the perfect attitude, onward and upward. we're looking forward to welcoming robin, as well. >> she'll be back on the "gma" anchor desk in a couple of hours. >> that's going to be a big
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moment. everybody is going to tune into to see her, show her all that love. that's what's gotten her through the last couple months. >> we're so excited this moment has finally, finally arrived. >> more from abc next.
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this morning on "world news now," dire warnings. with firefighters and police at his side, the president says we're just days away from billions of dollars in federal budget cuts. >> president obama says jobs will be lost if congress doesn't act. it's wednesday, february 20th. from abc news, this is "world news now." good wednesday morning, hump day. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. we'll explain what's at stake with the next budget deadline.
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also this morning, a rare look inside syria after a fatal attack in damascus. while the fighting rages on, syrians demand an end to the suffering. sand then giving preschoolers a boost. who is calling now for new national standards and why they may make a big difference for some very young minds across the country. later on, a young preacher who can carry a town and send his message to the faithful with a hip-hop beat. you're going to want to wait to hear his sermon. >> whatever gets the message across. you can't argue with that. before all of that, we get to the looming battle over budget cuts on capitol hill. the deadline for a deal is less than two weeks away. >> president obama is pressuring lawmakers, but congress won't be in session until later on next week. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: the president brought firefighters and cops to the white house to warn emergency workers will be among the first to goes if those across the board spending cuts
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are allowed to happen. >> we've got these automatic brutal spending cuts poised to happen next friday. they will hurt our economy and add hundreds of thousands of american to the unemployment roles. people will lose their jobs. >> reporter: we now face cuts of $85 billion in one fell swoop. that's less than 3% of the budget, but the white house says virtually everybody will be hurt and we'll see long lines as tsa agents are furloughed. 1,000 fbi and other law enforcement agents forced off the job. and 70,000 preschoolers dropped from the head start program. you would think that would prompt emergency meetings between congress and the white house, but you would be wrong. >> has the president had a single face-to-face meeting since january 1 about averting these spending cuts? >> i don't have any meetings to read out to you. >> reporter: in fact, the answer according to sources on both sides is there have been no meetings between the president and congressional republicans, not one.
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now virtually everyone agrees that those cuts are almost certain to go into effect one week from friday. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. >> you know, we've heard about this over and over and over again. but i think people really start to pay attention when they realize it is and could potentially affect your day-to-day life. first responders, faa, tsa. it's your daily life. >> early childhood education. i just think the nation is incredibly wearied of these manufactured crises. there's so much blame on both sides of the aisle. we had the fiscal cliff, now we have this, we have the debt ceiling deadline in may. there's no dramatic substantive action. it's just one little baby step or kick it down the road and here we are again. and they're playing with people's jobs, money, taxes, livelihoods. our government just seems so
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dysfunctional and broken and gridlocked. >> and then things like this happen and we go until the 11th hour and oh, a solution but it's not really a solution because we've only done half of the work we should have done. in three months we'll talk about it again and we go through this all over again. just talking about we want to blame both sides and we want to say everybody is responsible. but president obama was up there with the first responders, and some people are questioning whether or not that was a manufactured setup and a scenario where he was like, i'm with these guys, you're the ones that are not able to let this happen and you're going to affect them. but was that necessary is the question? >> all politicians like their backdrops and to put a human face on the issue. forget all the press conferences, get in a room and talk until you get something done. let's move on before i really get hot. crews are working through the overnight hours at the scene of that huge gas explosion and fire
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in downtown kansas city. the police chief says cadaver dogs are going through the rubble just as a precaution. more than a dozen people were hurt. witnesses say the smell of gas was very strong in that area in the hours right before the blast. and lawyers for the man convicted of murdering former washington intern chandra levy is seeking a new trial. they claim new information calls into question the testimony of one witness and drastically undercuts the government's case. today is the deadline day for lance armstrong. he has until the end of the day to come clean under oath to u.s. anti-doping agents about his use of illegal drugs while winning seven straight tour de france titles. if that doesn't happen, he may not have his lifetime ban from organized sports reduced. armstrong and his team are also dealing with a massive whistleblower lawsuit.
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we could learn today if oscar pistorius will be let out on bail or if he will await his trial on a murder charge in jail. he is in court at this hour. pistorius' attorneys and prosecutors presented their versions of how reeva steenkamp was killed last thursday. pistorius will be tried for premeditated murder. he claims he thought an intruder was in his bathroom, so he shot through the door. only after breaking down that door did he realize he had shot his girlfriend. >> i'm not lawyer, but here's my question. your girlfriend is spending the night. you wake up, she's not there. you think there's an intruder in the bathroom, but you don't know where she is. >> he says he thought she was still in bed. that's what he's saying. he's saying he got up, saw there was something going on with the screen door. went to the check it out, never looked at the bed. that's what he's saying. called for her to call police, but what's going to -- what prosecutors and the defense
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experts are saying is going to really be the key here in the premeditated murder is whether or not he put on his legs, his prosthetic legs. >> to measure that, they're going to see where those bullets came through the door. >> which means he got out of his bed, had time to think about it, put on the prosthetics, then go seek what was going on. so did he really not know his girlfriend was there? this story is getting more and more bizarre. and willis brought up a good point. that's another point. if the girlfriend and boyfriend are in bed together and having these moments right before valentine's day, why would she lock the door to the bathroom? >> thank you. >> we're going to bring willis into every one of our chats. >> please don't. more serious news. the death toll from a missile strike in the syrian district of aleppo has reportedly climbed to more than 30. almost half of them children.
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abc's terry moran has more on the new normal inside syria. >> reporter: smoke billowed from a strike on the outskirts of the downtown. the suburbs are the battleground, for now. [ explosions ] in a damascus suburb, government air strikes have reduced much of the place to rubble. as they have in the northern city of aleppo, where they were pulling more bodies from the wreckage. but all sides suffer in this war. we went to a wake for a beloved local politician in damascus. he was kidnapped and burned to death in his car by jihadist rebels who claimed credit on the internet we were told. there was almost nothing left of him, his brother told us. rebel mortar fire landed near assad's palace. that's a first. you look in the eyes of so many people, you see a different kind of wound, the fear is real. near of what tomorrow may bring
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to damascus. terry moran, abc news, damascus, syria. former congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife are due in court, expected to plead guilty to federal charges. he's accused of spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including a $40,000 gold rolex. his wife, a former chicago lawmaker, sandra jackson, is charged with filing false tax returns. vice president biden tells americans they do not need assault weapons to scare off bad guys, just use a shotgun. his response came in response to a facebook question about responsible gun ownership.
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>> look what the democrats are doing. joe saying i got two shotguns. obama saying look at my picture. they're trying to walk this line -- >> we're not against the 2nd amendment. we just want reform to the second amendment. >> it's not gun control. it's gun safety. >> it's all theater. here's a look at your wednesday weather. denver will see snow by this afternoon. that storm will move into the plains. showers for oklahoma city, dallas and houston. >> another frigid day for the upper midwest. minneapolis 10 degrees, boston, new york and baltimore, upper 30s. spring arrives one month from today, march 20. and a memorable tv commercial about to make a big comeback. >> for the first time in 16 years, we'll hear the classic grey poupon "pardon me" ad. it begins just as stuffy as the original, with a chauffeured
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british aristocrat. >> it goes in a different direction, though. it has an action packed ending, complete with a high-speed chase. >> do you remember those? >> oh, yeah, of course. pardon me, do you have any grey poupon? >> i remember it, too. coming up, as we reflect on our old age, we asked you to ask us anything. so stay tuned for our answers. and who's pushing for better preschool programs across this country? what it could mean for your young kids thirsty for knowledge. you're watching "world news now." [ female announcer ] going to sleep may be easy, but when you wake up in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid
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last week, president obama called for publicly funded preschool to be available to every american child. and now education department commission is recommending that happen within ten years. >> abc's devin dwyer reports on the president's plan and what it could mean for kids. >> reporter: preschool for all is a simple idea. like learning your food groups. but giving every american child free access to classrooms like this one in atlanta is a bold new plan. >> not just babysitting, we're not just child care, we're really getting children ready for the next step in their education. >> reporter: 1 in 3 youngsters in the u.s. don't get that chance, prompting president obama to propose expanding the nation's public education system to help them. >> if you're looking for a good bang for your educational buck, this is it, right here. >> reporter: the plan could cost
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up to $10.5 billion per year by one estimate. it's a bill obama says should be split between the federal and states. >> it's expensive. when you're talking about young children, you have to have very different ratios than you do in k-12 education. >> reporter: many of the nation's top economists, including several here at the university of chicago, say the cost is worth it. preschool for all, especially low income kids, can mean big savings for taxpayers down the road. >> we get a return of seven cents on the dollar for each year of each upfront investment. >> reporter: economist james heckman says skipping pre-k by kids in poor families comes with a cost, too. >> it reduces crime, a society that's more engaged in a sense of employment and so forth. that's where the economic return comes. >> reporter: only five states offer preschool for all children. several have struggled to meet
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their goals. in georgia, 8,000 kids are on a waiting list. the state's high school graduation rate remains one of the lowest in the nation. >> universal pre-k is more difficult to do because you're opening it up to a larger group of children. and so that requires more funding. >> reporter: a wish that may seem more pipe dream than possibility. though advocates insist universal preschool still stands a chance. >> short term cost, long-term gains. >> how is this not a thing already? coming up next, you asked, we answered. >> we're going to up our "world news now" inbox and find out what you want to know. stay with us.
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♪ all the little birds on jay bird street ♪ ♪ love the way the robin goes tweet, tweet, tweet ♪
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song of the day around here at abc. today is the day our robin roberts is officially back five months to the day after undergoing a bone marrow transplant. robin returns to "good morning america" in a few short hours. i'm sure she's getting out of bed right about now. >> that's right. and it is our honor and privilege to say, welcome back, robin. we all love you very, very much. can't wait to see you. >> and it's time now for our "world news now" in box segment where you ask us anything and we have to answer whether we like it or not. >> our first question comes from sherylyn. can you do a segment on willis? is he married? does he have a family? what he likes to do when he's not at work. >> well, a little background first in the form of willis' greatest hits. >> yes, i've been in bed with willis for years, and he's quite a company man, if you know what i mean.
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>> oh, yeah, i like that. >> willis' pic right there. there he is right there. >> oh, yeah, oh, yeah. right between the eyes i got him. >> so willis, answer the question, are you -- the woman out there wants to know whether you're married or not? >> no, i am not married. >> how many girlfriends you got? >> i have a few young ladies i know, yes. >> what do you like to do when you're not at work? besides hanging out with your young ladies. >> he just answered that. >> i like to have a good time, enjoy myself. go places, do things. all that kind of good stuff. >> and we should explain, willis is back for a few weeks. he's been officially retired since the end of 2011.
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>> 2010. >> so you're back temporarily. we love having you back. >> thank you. >> despite our trash talk. all right. our next question, i wonder if both of them are wearing clothes on their legs behind the table or if they just sit there in underwear and nice tops. >> buck naked. >> i ain't not nothing going on. >> there it is. >> i wear my prom dress underneath this table. >> normal clothe, full suit, there you go. >> we look normal. >> nothing freaky deaky underneath the desk. it's a family show. finally this from doug, why do you two awesome people sit there with two empty wnn coffee cups? just looks or maybe a hidden
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message? >> these things are, yeah, they are empty. sometimes we put snacks in them. >> or our pens. >> and no, you cannot order them. they just look good on the desk. these were gifts for our 20th anniversary two years ago. >> this is also how i beam my messages to the aliens out there who i know are watching. >> really? willis, take these to a few of your ladies. >> really? willis, take these to a few of your ladies. like it has for so mae before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. hd 8.
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♪ okay. that's the midweek special. >> and also for this story, a pastor in chicago is responding to changing times with a unique solution and that's why this is our boom, favorite story of the day. >> that's right. he's trying to get the attention of young people by rapping his sermons. frank matthew from wls reports. >> reporter: university church on the university of chicago
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campus. it's headed now by 29-year-old pastor julian deshozzier. he's chicago born and raised and a graduate of divinity school. he rehearsed a sermon for us and explained the difficulties of preaching in a changing, much younger world. >> it's a challenge. i mean, we don't throw away the old classic message of the gospel or of love or peace and courage, because those are words that the church needs to continue to own. but we have to repackage them. >> reporter: and he repackages religion in a very unusual way. he's also a professional rapper, and preaches religion with rhyme. >> sometimes you have to do a little hip-hop, too. >> reporter: during a sermon? >> if need be. ♪ i'm trying to live it like christ ♪ >> reporter: as a rapper around the chicago area, the reverend is known as jay quest. >> what it really does is hopefully lead people into a
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greater understanding and awareness of themselves and their god. >> reporter: he's been preaching for ten years, he's been rapping professionally for about five years. they don't seem like they go together. but apparently they do. >> i don't think that i rap religion, though. i think that i rap about life, and i rap about the narratives of all of our experiences. i think that's the same thing that sermons are about. >> reporter: sermons and rap, the two have met. frank mathy, abc 7 news. >> whatever it takes. >> whatever gets the message out there is a good thing. so different people respond to different things. i like it. >> especially if you want to get to the younger demographic. that's what they listen to. >> why not? >> preach it, my brother. >> amen. >> i like to at this moment focus on brother willis
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chambers. willis back on the overnight show, don't know why they let him out, but the lord is going to let him back in. just give him a little. just pray for that boy, because he ain't right, he ain't right. we'll be back. thank you. just pray for that boy.
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this morning on "world news now," missouri inferno. a gas explosion and huge fire burns shops and restaurants in kansas city. >> what investigators have already uncovered as cadaver dogs are brought to the scene. it's wednesday, february 20th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. we'll get to the latest on the injuries and the search for answers after last night's major
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fire in kansas city. also this morning, the fear that raced through southern california after a gunman went on a violent shooting rampage. what detectives are uncovering. >> it's so weird how getting these e-mails during the day, another shooting, another shooting. it's hard to say whether more of these are happening or whether we're covering them more. but more violence. >> you hear a lot about shootings, but it's mass shootings. >> this one seemingly random as some of the others. for the first time, police are letting us hear in great deal the alleged plans to kill singer justin bieber. some evidence just being released. later on this half hour, every family could use a little guidance. but how about advice on parenting from a team of esteemed experts? >> is there one thing that you have learned that you had no about five months ago? >> what they say about them
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growing and developing quickly is true. we're not disciplining him yet, which is probably going to create a terror. >> he's running the house, isn't he? of course. >> but before you know it, they're growing up and doing all kinds of things you don't even realize. >> he'll be going to college next week. that's how it goes. don't cry. it's too early in the show. before all of that, the blast in kansas city we told you about a second ago was so powerful it shook windows and doors of homes and businesses blocks away. >> now investigators are looking into whether a gas leak may have triggered the explosion and the fire. abc's chuck sivertsen has the latest. >> reporter: dozens of firefighters battled a massive blaze in kansas city. the force of the blast leveled the restaurant, sending broke glass and building materials. a huge fireball engulfed the entire city block.
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thick, black smoke filled the air and could be seen for miles. >> this was a happy hour at a restaurant. there were patron in the restaurant. the investigation is ongoing, but it does seem like an accident. it doesn't appear to be foul play. >> reporter: witnesses say the explosion was so loud and powerful, it could be felt half mile a way. residents were asked to evacuate. >> the ground just shook. it sounded like -- i mean, it was just a giant explosion. >> reporter: several people who were injured were taken to area hospitals. most of the injuries were lacerations from flying glass. firefighters were investigating complaints of a smell of gas. patrons were asked to leave the building. >> i'm just keeping my fingers crossed this turns out to be a relatively low number compared to what it could have been. >> reporter: chuck sivertsen, abc news, new york. >> there were original reports that there may have been a car that crashed into the building
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and hit the main -- the gas main and that's what created it, but police have not been able to establish that is the case. so that's definitely going to be interesting to see what is causing this. >> they're going to search that scene throughout the night. just as a precaution, they did bring in some cadaver dogs just in case there are any fatalities. that's going to be a developing story throughout the day. you can see from the video how dramatic the fire was. four people including the gunman are dead in southern california after a bizarre shoot ing spree. it started when a college student killed a woman at his home and sped away. next he carjacked and shot a man. then he approached another victim at a gas station. >> he said, i don't want to hurt you. i killed somebody. today is my last day.
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give me your keys. >> two people were killed for their cars before he took his own life, as police closed in. they say his motive remains a mystery. we're getting new details this morning of that foiled plot to kidnap and kill singer justin bieber. reports surfaced in december alleging that a convicted killer and rapest had hired two men to murder and even castrate the 18-year-old pop star. for the first time, we're hearing recordings of a phone call made from a prison in new mexico. police say a 45-year-old dana martin telling one of the hitmen how to strangle bieber and his bodyguard using a scarf. >> martin was said to be infatuated with bieber. police say he wanted the singer dead after attempts to contact him had failed. a followup now to that incident that caused an aerospace agent his job. 60-year-old joe hundley will
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plead not guilty to a charge of simple assault. he's now free on bond, but cannot drink alcohol or possess firearms. those are the conditions of his release. he's accused of slapping a 2-year-old boy, on top of that using a racial slur during a flight two weeks ago. last night, president obama called the three key gop players on the issue in the senate. john mccain, lindsay graham and marco rubio. details of a backup immigration plan were leaked over the weekend. and general john allen who had been nominated to be nato supreme allied commander but also got caught up in the petraeus scandal has announced his retirement. allen says his main concern is for the health of his wife kathy. he says his wife has stood by
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him for more than 35 years. the president praised allen while accepting his resignation. >> according to a report in "the washington post," the wife has several chronic health issues, including auto immune disorder. he said in an interview, "for a long time i told her when you can't bear this anymore, just tell me and i'll drop my resignation letter." he said he no longer wants to place the pressure of that decision on her. he's only doing it for his wife. look, everyone looks at things and says was this related to the petraeus e-mail scandal. he was e-mailing that woman in florida. he says it has no relation to that. >> and he was cleared from that. they found there was no wrongdoing in the e-mail correspondence. and he is still with his wife and he was able to keep his job. so looking into the future, our own martha raddatz says the replacement nominee is expected to be an air force general by the name of phillip breedlove.
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hopefully president obama will have somebody in line. there's a lot of vacancies he's got to fill. >> these two had become close and now he has this position to fill. there's some interesting politics going on in terms of the nation's national security and foreign policy. >> let's get this done. >> he was nominated for the most prestigious overseas military position. this is a loss for the administration. we'll see what happens next. well, it has take an few days, but now we're getting some details about that round of golf the president played with tiger woods in florida on sunday. woods is now in arizona getting ready for a tournament and he walled mr. obama "pretty cool." woods said the president hit the ball well in tough conditions and joked about how the round came about in the first place. >> yeah, he calls up and says hey, tiger, you want to play? >> he does not. >> okay. obviously there is a process that's involved and i was invited to play. >> he said that's simply an
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invitation you do not turn down. woods even complimented the president saying if he spent more time playing golf, he could get to where he's a pretty good player. the issue is they didn't allow the press to take any footage of that. >> except one person who's a member of "golf digest" who's a member of the club. lucky him. first time i've seen tiger woods smile in a very long time. >> he's slowly getting his groove back, in a good way. now to something that's truly an honor and privilege to report and something we're happy to share with you this morning. >> this morning marks robin robert's return to "good morning america." she'll be back at the anchor desk this morning along with the whole "gma" team, george, sam, josh, and lara. >> it's just been five months to the day since robin had her bone marrow transplant to treat a
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rare blood disorder. robin, if you're watching, welcome back. have a wonderful show. know you have all of our love and respect. we're so happy she's finally coming back. >> she's let those cameras into every stage of the process. she's really been -- she could not have been more open or more welcoming. i think she found power in letting people see what she was going through. she's not alone in battling illness in this country and she's been gracious and bounced back so well. >> i think she's been an empowering voice for people going through the same thing. >> welcome back. coming up, forget gasoline. see who is fueling a car with coffee. and american roman catholics who are hoping the next pope will be from the u.s. see who may be up for the top job at the vatican. you're watching "world news now."
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veins. in less than two weeks, pope benedict will step down and there are speculations about who is going to replace him. >> so what are the chances of an american becoming the next pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted by the church sexual abuse scandal. o'malley sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. he put the victims first. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have
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to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interests. >> reporter: o'malley is one of two american names being floated. the other, new york's cardinal timothy dolan, who scoffed at idea. >> what about you? >> is this abc evening news or comedy central? >> reporter: and o'malley isn't holding his breath either. >> i haven't lost any sleep about it. and i have bought a round trip ticket. so i'm counting on coming home. >> reporter: in boston, it would be the religious equivalent of the red sox beating the yankees. >> we always liked boston over new york. >> i'm sure boston will represent the vatican very well. >> it will be interesting to see how it plays out. >> reporter: both americans are long shots. popes tend to be from europe, especially italy.
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the last time a non-european pope was chosen was 1,000 years before columbus set sail. >> i'm saying there's a chance. >> odds are not on our side. that's what i get from our report. they could go for somebody from the latin american population. they're trying to boost the catholic numbers there. a lot of ways they can go with this. no one really knows. it's just fun speculation at this point. >> as far as cardinal timothy dolan goes, he's sure his name is out of the running. not only did he say that to diane, he said the only people talk him potentially being the pope are people smoking marijuana. so there you have it. still to come, advice from some of the nation's most successful people. >> could their strategies help your family solve everyday problems? don't go away. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ ♪ fathers be good to your daughters ♪ ♪ daughters will love like you do ♪ be careful with your daughters, especially if they're hanging out with john mayer. parenting can be tough. although there are lots of books of advice, there's no real fool-proof guide to it. >> but a new book is taking a different approach by asking successful people how to create a strong family. abc's juju chang checked it all out. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: think of it this way, you're not a family, you're a team trying to power up every single member. i'll tell you the lesson i learned with my three boys and a special-ops commando. >> get your legs straight. >> reporter: thanks to author bruce feiler, who asked high power sources to help fix the problems we all face in our modern families. >> i felt like as a parent, we were just stuck, we were lost.
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the shrinks, the self help gurus, those ideas were stale. >> reporter: you have to fight fair, and you can't have a team without a sense of mission. so hold family meetings and really listen. >> what didn't work so well our family this week? >> overreacting. >> reporter: and prepare to be surprised. what bothers families the most? how stressed out and tired today's parents are. in listening to my own children, i learned their favorite times were not action-packed ski weekends, but those quiet moments when we're just goofing around. and what about money? again, why not go to the top? feiler asked warren buffett's bankers about giving allowance. the number one thing they say, don't tie money to chores. chores are what we do to take care of each other, not to get paid. in fact, study after study shows all of us are more motivated by pulling for the team than by money. just ask the green berets.
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>> the team is only as fast as the slowest person. >> reporter: they say top down management doesn't produce as big a win as making everybody part of the plan. ready for this mission? that means the team leader, me, should listen to the rank and file. >> i think we should have the slowest person up front, and then the fastest person in the back. >> reporter: good idea. >> your son felt confident enough to say no, i want to do it a different way, and by the way, he had a good plan. >> if you can accomplish that kind of team work, you can do anything. >> reporter: now, that is mission accomplished. juju chang, abc news, new york. >> some good tips in there. but everyone does it differently. what works for you may not work for the dude next door. different strokes for different folks. >> that's for sure. you never know what's going to work and what's not going to work. >> that brings us to our facebook question of the day. >> we want to know what is the best parenting advice you have ever received?
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pellets are heated in a charcoal fire to break them down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen. any car can run on this gasification process. this guy has been working on this for a while. he says this is another alternative energy we could be using. >> we're always talking about getting away from our dependence on oil. but until they make these cars look like real cars and not these crazy factories on wheels, i'm not driving that. thank you. i've got to stop and put some coffee beans and get stuck on the side of the highway. no thanks. apparently, there was a gentleman who did a little research so that he could come up with the most expensive cup of coffee ever.
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of course it's at starbucks. this is video from his youtube channel. now, he went out and he got himself a venti 48-shot mocha frappuccino soy, mocha drizzle, mocha powder, protein powder, caramel brulee topping. he called it the quadriginoctuple frap'. cost him $47.30. and by the way, because it was his birthday, he got it for free. so remember all i said, go get it for your birthday, because you'll get the most expensive cup of coffee for free. >> does anybody drink folgers anymore? can we keep it simple? apparently folks like meteors around the world. according to the online measurement company visible measures, the meteor videos have topped 138 million views, the fastest video event ever to reach 100 million views. crazy, the interest in what
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happened over in the skies over russia. >> that's incredible. we want to get to this. it's a new website called fake internet girlfriend. it goes on facebook and creates a new girlfriend that says you're in a relationship, leaves messages for you.
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this morning on "world news now," a gas explosion and fast-moving flames race through a popular kansas city district full of shops and restaurants. >> what investigators are finding this morning after a fire that burned for hours. it's wednesday, february 20th. from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. we'll get to the kansas city fire investigation in just a moment in our top story. also this morning, the
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costly computer crimes costing the american economy hundreds of billions of dollars a year. the fingers are pointing at china, as the white house announces plans to fight the hackers. and this is crazy. why hand sanitizer is being singled out in a fire that severely burned an 11-year-old girl. wait until you hear how something so common turned into something so hazardous. you think you're doing the right thing, killing the germs, all the dirt in our workplace and homes and something like that happens. that story is crazy. >> and where it happened is also crazy. you would think it's the safest place for an accident to not happen. and later on, clyde davis, his tell-all book, his big secrets, and a singing star who has a few choice words for him. that's coming up in "the skinny." >> he's having a little battle with a well-known singer. "nightline" revealed an interesting tidbit from his personal life. >> we'll get to all of that. but first, crews are working
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through the overnight hours at the scene of that explosion and the fire in downtown kansas city. >> they brought in cadaver dogs just as a precaution, since the destruction was on a widespread scale. witnesses said there was a strong odor of gas right before the explosion. >> this was a happy hour at a restaurant. there were patrons in the restaurant. the investigation is ongoing, but it does seem like an accident. doesn't appear to be foul play at this time. >> the gas utility says there are early indications that a contractor was doing some underground work nearby and perhaps hit a natural gas line. the u.s. is reportedly poised to strike back as allegations surface about costly cyber attacks blamed on china. sources say the white house will unveil a new report today laying out kbraggressive steps to figh the cyber crimes. abc's brian ross investigates the latest security breaches that are hitting home.
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>> reporter: the chinese people's liberation army has more than 2 million personnel. but it's the thousand or so in this nondescript building in shanghai that may pose the biggest threat to the u.s. this is the headquarters of the army's secretive unit number 61398 where, according to the new report, english speaking computer experts spend their days stealing secrets from u.s. companies and hacking into government sites. >> this is an espionage operation targeting a broad swath of western organizations. >> reporter: among the most troubling targets, water treatment plants, transportation control centers, pipelines and power grids. >> the only reason you would want to get into the control system for the power grid is to cause damage, destruction and disruption. >> reporter: among the many corporate targets of the chinese hackers, lockheed martin, the country's largest defense contractor and the maker of the f-35 jet fighter.
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u.s. officials say not surprisingly, the chinese version of the plane has some distinct similarities. >> it's costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of u.s. jobs every year. >> reporter: the u.s. is believed to be doing its own cyber attacks on iran and its nuclear program. but u.s. officials say it's different than the economic espionage being carried out by china and now president obama has ordered u.s. intelligence agencies to help american companies spot and detect the hacking coming from that building in shanghai. brian ross, abc news, new york. and one day after targeting burger king, hackers have taken over the twitter account of another major company. pranksters broke into jeep's page and tweeted that they had been sold to cadillac. even the virtually virus free apple has fallen victim also. a small number of mac computers at its offices were infected.
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this attack at apple's new york offices was similar to one acknowledged at facebook last week. >> the more computerized world we become, this is the aftermath. this is the dirty underside of it all. the white house is going to respond to some of this, but "the new york times" said obama administration officials are planning to tell china's new leaders that the volume and sophistication of the attacks have become so intense that they threaten the fundamental relationship between washington and beijing. that could be some interesting words. again, we owe china a lot of money, so how tough can you be to the country to which you owe billions and billions of dollars? >> and china is completely denying this. there was a bbc crew that set up shop outside of that building that brian ross showed you in shanghai.
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they were told to hit the road, and all of their recordings were confiscated. china is saying they have nothing to do with it. it's a little he said, he said here. >> a foreign minister said to make groundless accusations is neither responsible or professional. that's china's response. so maybe some tough months ahead in that realm. >> international relations for sure. a girl in oregon is recovering from burns after a fire her parents believe was started by hand sanitizer. the 11-year-old was a patient at a children's hospital in portland. her father believes the alcohol-based hand sanitizer was ignited by a spark of static electricity from his daughter playing with her bed sheets. >> i've been in medicine 30 years now. never heard of anything like this. hopefully never will again. >> believe it or not, she suffered third-degree burns to nearly one-fifth of her entire body.
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icy roads are to blame for a multicar pileup north of milwaukee, wisconsin. 26 vehicles were involved along the busy highway. the road was closed while tow trucks cleared up the cars. and a winter storm as brought snow and this rare tornado to northern california. cameras were rolling when this twister touched down in a rural area north of sacramento. >> and with that, here's a look at your weather today. a rainy one in seattle and portland. california dries out after yesterday's storms. denver will get snow around dinnertime. houston and dallas with a few showers. >> arctic air grips the nation's midsection with temperatures up to 20 degrees colder than usual. chicago is 19 when the normal high this time of year is 30. phoenix and l.a. are also colder than usual. folks, the big stock show and rodeo in san diego has arrived -- in san antonio, texas, i'm sorry. we don't want to get those confused. >> a little different. >> it continues through sunday and that means there's still a couple of days left for the
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mutton busting. >> what was that? >> mutton busting. >> who needs all those massive bulls and wild horses when you can see little kids wearing helmets riding sheep. some, of course, have a bit more success than others. >> kids weighing less than 55 pounds can take part in mutton busting. and as one parent said, it's not whether you win or lose but how much fun you have. >> what is the link between this event and the term "mutton busting"? is that another name for a sheep, mutton? that is? mutton? okay, thank you. you knew that too, willis? >> willis is all-knowing. >> based on your extensive experience with sheep, i appreciate your knowledge there, willis. thank you nor chiming in. >> baaaaaa.
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♪ you're too ♪ you're way too beautiful, girl ♪ ♪ that's why it'll never work i will say it again, the real show happens during the commercial breaks. >> if you could be a fly on the wall in this room. >> we just had a moment. >> i'm still crying. call this beauty blasphemy. a victoria's secret model is stirring up some trouble by condemning the world's obsession with models. >> but she's not just another pretty face. abc's lara spencer explains. >> reporter: she has the face of a covergirl, and the good of an angel. to many, cameron russell is the ideal woman. but there's one person who is not particularly impressed.
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>> i am worried that i'm on a pedestal for looking this way. >> reporter: russell herself. >> i think part of the reason i'm a model is i won this genetic lottery. it's all about can you show up with a 23-inch waist and it doesn't matter if you work hard. >> reporter: the 25-year-old, sitting down to explain her beef with the fashion industry, and what she calls its unhealthy obsession with beauty. something she also made clear during a controversial speech at the technology, entertainment, design conference in washington, d.c. late last year. >> image is powerful. but also image is superficial. >> reporter: video of that speech has been viewed more than 1 million times online, and russell says she hopes her younger fans are listening. >> a lot of young girls come up to me and tell me they want to be models. you know, it's not like a real career path and it's not a great aspiration. you should be thinking about, i want to be an engineer. i want to be a politician.
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i want to be a ceo. >> reporter: but not everyone agrees that supermodels can't be role models, as well. take cat walk veteran cynthia bailey. >> it's just really individual. myself personally, i knew that i wanted to empower young girls and just pay it forward with the younger generation that's coming up. >> reporter: as for russell, she says she's grateful for all the opportunities modeling has afforded her, but she insists she would rather be a model citizen instead. >> i'm interested in campaign finance reform and climate change. there are many conversations we need to have more of. >> so beauty and brains. i mean -- >> yes, diane. i respect the fact that she is investing in a message and cause. that's interesting, at least. >> it is. i'm sure she's making all her bread and butter on those cat walks. >> most of them do, you know what i mean?
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>> listen, she's got a graduate degree, she's a really smart girl. and there's a lot of really smart models out there. cindy crawford was discovered at a mcdonald's. she's a beautiful woman, as well. so i just think they're upset about the fact that a lot of people view them as just a pretty face with no brains and they're only doing this for the money and it's so easy to get that money if you've won the genetic lottery. they want the world to know there's more to them than just their looks. >> i judge her less how she got to the platform than what she's doing with it, and she's doing a lot with it. >> and that's wonderful. >> that's what i like those victoria's angels for, their minds. i'm always focused on their minds. >> especially when they're walking down the catwalk. >> always. coming up, the singer who refuses to be bullied by clyde davis. >> and an unusual performance by a tough guy actor, coming up next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> yes, it is. >> i'm going to miss that, willis. clyde davis in the news this week on two fronts. first, an issue with kelly
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clarkson. he has a new memoir detailing his decades in the business. certainly is a mogul and has built many, many a career. so in his new book, he recalls a meeting with kelly that says "it was a very tough conversation and it didn't get any easier when kelly burst into sobbing when discussing the inclusion of that song "since you've been gone" on her second album. she fires back and says, i couldn't be more proud of that song. i resent him dampening that song in any way. i refuse to be bullied and i have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation. it feels like a violation. so they tell very different sides of the story in terms of what went down. apparently no love loss. and he gave an interview on "nightline" earlier this week and admitted for the first time ever that he's bisexual, says he's been in a strong monogamous relationship with a man for the past seven years. before that, it was with a doctor for 14 years, but says i
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still am attracted to women. therefore, he calls himself bisexual. so clyde just putting all kinds of stuff out there about his personal life. mr. davis at 80 years old, i think he is. >> okay. >> check out that memoir. here's something that's really sweet and adorable. vin diesel, for valentine's day didn't do the chocolates and flowers. instead he went a different route. he covered a rihanna song. take a listen. ♪ makes me feel like i can't live without you ♪ >> really sweet. he's got a really good voice. the way this worked out is he was inspired to do this after seeing rihanna performed and he obtained a mike and amp and he did this on a flight for his girlfriend and of course, he says the rest is history.
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so just a beautiful moment. if you hear the whole thing, it's really sweet. >> very, very cool. >> nice. so here's something else. tupac's mom, you all remember tupac, he's been dead since 1996, is saying she will release his entire body of work. by the way, since he's been dead, he's released seven albums, not seven songs, seven entire albums. what, 13, 14 songs per. three of them made it to number one on the billboard 100. and of course, if you remember last year, tupac's fans saw a hologram of him, which was really great at the coachella music and arts festival. twitter went ablaze. there he was. it was very cool. he performed with snoop dog. but since then, the hologram company has gone bankrupt.
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♪ all the little birds on jay bird street love the way the birds go tweet, tweet, tweet ♪ >> feels good to hear that and say this. in just a few hours, robin roberts will be back on the anchor desk. >> no one is more happy to hear it than us and her colleagues at "gma." they sat down with robin for brunch to see how she's feeling. >> i remember when the doctor first told me, you're going to be out five to six months, i was screaming. you know, you have to do what you need to do. it just shows people that time passes, this too shall pass. it's about i have visualized this moment. i did visualize the other end of it. >> did you use visualization? >> big time. it's something like this, looking into sam's blue eyes. i love how we're sitting, how we would be sitting. i know when i sit back down
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right in this chair and i look over and i see you and i see you and i see you, it's going to be all is right in the world. and it's going to seem like no time has passed at all. >> are there nerves? >> oh, yeah. it feels great to feel the nerves again. i haven't done live television since the end of august. so i'm a little bit nervous, because you all -- you've got my back, but that's what i'm not nervous about. i know i can look at you and give you this -- >> and start talking. >> exactly. and you have it. but it's just that you all have -- boy, you've raised the bar. >> let's raise the glass to our dear friend. welcome home. >> welcome back. >> thank you. >> so good. >> onward. onward and upward. >> i like that. that is the perfect attitude, onward and upward. we're looking forward to welcoming robin, as well. >> she'll be back on the "gma" anchor desk in a couple of hours. >> that's going to be a big
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moment. everybody is going to tune into to see her, show her all that love. that's what's gotten her through the last couple months. >> we're so excited this moment has finally, finally arrived. >> more from abc next.
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breaking news this morning, missouri inferno. >> a massive gas blast rocks an exclusive area in kansas city. sending more than a dozen people to the hospital. still an active scene overnight. bail hearing day two is under way for olympic hero oscar pistorius. new details emerging in the case against him. a young girl hurt in a freak fire. investigators trying to find out if hand sanitizer ignited badly burning her. after her own health battle, robin roberts returns today.
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the day her fans and her work family here at abc have been waiting for is finally here. good wednesday morning. crews are still searching through smoldering rubble in an upscale area of downtown kansas city. >> more than a dozen people were injured and cadaver dogs were brought in to make sure no one is buried underneath. they suspect a gas leak touched off the massive explosion and fire that hit a powerful restaurant. it rattled windows and doors blocks away from the scene. >> the ground just shook. sounded like -- it was a giant explosion. >> and the explosion hit. and it hits you like a shockwave. >> the heat from the fire came into my car. my windows were up. but i could feel the heat. >> before the explosion, people who work in the area